Top Scholar—Cassandra Konecny, an 11th grade student at Union County Tech recently represented Linden in the New Jersey League of Municipalities future Municipal Leaders Scholarship where she placed as a semi-finalist. Her area of interest in municipal government is the municipal court system. Pictured above, Cassandra Konecny receives her certificate from Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka. (Photo courtesy of the City of Linden)
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LINDEN – Municipal taxes will rise about $100 for the average Linden resident under the proposed 2009 budget, which calls for furloughs of city employees and deferrals of municipal pension contributions.
Taxes will go up $103 on a property assessed at the city average of $141,100. While the planned increase is smaller than in recent years, the average municipal tax bill will climb to $2,100.
The proposed 2009 budget comes in at around $88 million, more than $4 million less than the 2008 budget, which was $92.5 million. But the tax increase is necessary because revenue is down more than $4 million.
Two students from McManus Middle School were recently honored for their high academic achievements at the 2009 POP Warner Little Scholars Eastern Region Luncheon and Awards Ceremony. Sixth grader Brianna Armstead was the winner of the Eastern Region POP Warner $1,000 scholarship. Eighth grader Joseph LeBlanc was also honored. They are pictured with school board member Lisa Ormon. (Photo courtesy Linden Public Schools)
LINDEN—The Linden Boxing Association is sponsoring a comedy night fundraiser on Friday, June 5, from 6-11 p.m. at the Linden Knights of Columbus Hall, 118 Park Avenue. Tickets are currently on sale at the Recreation Community Center Building, 605 South Wood Avenue for $60 per person.
Included in your ticket price is an outstanding comedy show featuring Las Vegas/Atlantic City ventriloquist and comic John Pizzi and Las Vegas stand-up comedian; Mike Marino, a DJ spinning records for your dancing pleasure; a cocktail party and a deluxe buffet dinner featuring hand-carved prime rib and turkey and beer, wine and soda all evening long.
Proceeds from the event will go to Linden Recreation-sponsored youth programs and events. Tickets are expected to sell quickly. For tickets and/or further information, call (908) 474-8600.
Linden Senior Honored – Mayor Richard Gerbounka (right) and Council President Robert Bunk (left) were among nearly 200 people who came out to honor Linden’s outstanding senior citizen of the year, Mike Chengeri (center.) The Department of Public Property and Community Services held their 50th annual Senior Citizen Day Celebration, coordinated by Lenore Price, on May 15. (Photo courtesy of the Linden Department of Public Property and Community Services)
Air Force Senior Airman Chanice M. Reid has been named the Airman of the Year in both the 341st Missile Wing and 20th Air Force competition.
Selection was based on the individual’s exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements, notable accomplishments, and community service and support.
She will now compete to be one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.
ELIZABETH – A 32-year-old Linden man has been charged with killing Roselle resident Gregory Fils-Aime in April 2007, authorities said.
Kareem Prunty was arrested Friday night as a result of a joint investigation between the Union County Homicide Task Force and the Linden Police Department. He was being held at Union County Jail in Elizabeth in lieu of $2 million bail, officials said.
Prunty, who had previously served time in federal prison for gun-trafficking, was charged with first degree homicide.
LINDEN – Volunteers from the Department of Public Property and Community Services’ free income tax assistance program helped nearly 1,700 Linden residents to complete their federal and state income tax forms this year.
The volunteers reached approximately 100 homebound individuals, and provided assistance at Tremley Point Recreation Center and the John T. Gregorio Recreation Center.
The Department of Public Property and Community Services the following volunteers for devoting their time, energy and expertise: Mike Sienicki, John Italia, Catherine Shaffer, Dick Campbell, Tillie Kolesar, Howard Horn, Barbara Slaughter, Bob Gibbons and Helen Karafa, Theresa Kloc, Richard Sczaro. These volunteers will be receiving certificates of on Senior Citizen Day in May.
Soehl Students Of The Month—Principal Diana Braisted (far right) recently honored Soehl Middle School’s April students of the month. Pictured left to right are sixth graders Yasmeen Bayoumi and Brett Musialowicz; seventh graders Travis Horsch and Melissa Nava and eighth graders Eric Gregorich and Sheldon Quinerly. (Photo courtesy Linden Public Schools)
LINDEN—Mike Chengeri, a long time resident of Linden who has been active in civic and fraternal organizations as well as a volunteer for various associations and charities, has been chosen as Linden’s 33rd annual Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year.
This award is bestowed annually by the Linden Department of Public Property and Community Services upon the senior citizen who displayed the most exceptional service to the community and his or her fellow seniors during the year.
Chengeri was born on April 11, 1926 in Perth Amboy. His family moved to Linden two short years later and he has been a Lindenite since. Chengeri is a graduate of School No. 7 Tremley, Soehl Middle School and Linden High School, Class of 1944.
LINDEN—Pingry boys’ varsity swimming head coach Bill Reichle, a resident of Linden, has been inducted into the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association’s (NJSCA) Hall of Fame. He was one of 38 inductees on March 29, out of almost 8,000 head varsity coaches in the state.
He has been coaching swimming for more than 40 years. For the past 22 years, he has coached at Pingry, where he also teaches Algebra. His teams have won six state group championships and four county titles, among other championships, and he was honored by The Star-Ledger as state “Coach of the Year” in 2008.
Newspapers In Education—Linden School No. 5 students learned about the importance of a newspaper through the celebration of Newspapers in Education month. The real-world connection supported by the use of newspapers helps students understand the importance of the information that they are learning. The children worked in pairs and were asked to find various items in the newspaper through a scavenger hunt. Pictured above, Jo’ia Jones and Elijah Cenatus search for the Reading First Word Wall words as part of the scavenger hunt. (Photo by Christine Hudak, Linden Public Schools)
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STATE – Despite the recession and a growing movement against increased taxes, voters passed a majority of the school budgets in Middlesex and Union counties on Tuesday.
Voters approved school budgets in 16 of 21 Union County school districts, though Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden and Plainfield voters rejected their districts’ spending plans. Eighteen of 24 school budgets passed in Middlesex County; budgets failed in Edison, Carteret, Sayreville, Monroe, Perth Amboy and Helmetta.
While a majority of South Amboy voters agreed to a $42,000 plan to restore middle school sports programs that were eliminated last year, the second question did not receive the sixty percent of the votes needed to pass .
The budgets that failed will now be reviewed by municipal officials, who will decide whether to make cuts. School boards may then accept the cuts or appeal to the state commissioner of education.
STATE – On Tuesday, more than 550 of the state’s 603 school districts will hold elections where voters express approval or dissent on proposed budgets for the 2009-10 school year and fill about 1,500 school board seats, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association.
Polls are required to be open on April 21 between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. but most offer voting hours from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check with your district for specific hours and polling places.
Locally, the following candidates are running for school board seats:
LINDEN—The third class of the Linden Athletic Hall of Fame will be enshrined at an induction dinner at Amicis III Ristorante, 1700 W. Elizabeth Avenue, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 26. To purchase tickets, call Santa Goleme at (908) 486-8250 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Ticket cost $60 per person.
The inductees include: